Endicott Football Continues To Grow And Develop Under Coach DeWall

Coach DeWall's Endicott Gulls enter this weekend's clash with WNE riding a three-game winning streak. (PHOTO CREDIT: Kiana DelViscovo)

Coach DeWall’s Endicott Gulls enter this weekend’s clash with WNE riding a three-game winning streak. (PHOTO CREDIT: Kiana DelViscovo)

By Matt Noonan 

It’s a big week for the Endicott College football team as the Gulls host undefeated Western New England tomorrow (Saturday, October 22) in a pivotal New England Football Conference (NEFC) clash.

“We will be playing a very good Western New England team this Saturday,” said Endicott head coach Kevin DeWall.

“Both teams are currently undefeated in conference play, so both teams have goals and aspirations of winning our conference and advancing to the NCAA Playoffs.”

Endicott enters the contest on three-game winning streak following a pair of road wins, including a victory last weekend at Maine Maritime Academy. Quarterback Joe Kalosky highlighted his team’s performance, tossing a career-best three touchdowns, while Lavante Wiggins rumbled for 65 yards on 11 carries and one score.

In addition to their win over the Mariners, Endicott also earned a pair of conference victories against Nichols College (37-0) and MIT (21-9).

“We have made some very good progress since day one, so the 3-0 start in conference play is exciting,” said DeWall. “It is also the standard and expectation we have set for our program. We know we have many areas that we still need to improve on, and the guys are eager to grow and develop together.”

Growth and development have been the keys to Endicott’s success this season, and despite losing a trio of non-conference games last month, DeWall believes those contests will help the Gulls remain competitive over the next few weeks.

“We did not fair as we wanted the past two years with a handful of young players in these non-conference games,” DeWall said, “but the experience has been great for our team.”

In addition to growth and development, DeWall has also seen numerous players – both upperclassmen and first-years – step-up when needed.

“There are many players who have stepped up their game (over) the last few weeks; too many to truly name,” said DeWall.

“The upperclassmen are now becoming more comfortable in their second year of our offensive and defensive schemes, and our first year players have had half a season to digest everything, and you can physically see them improve with each rep and each week of game experience.”

With players stepping up, while the team continues to grow and develop, you can bet DeWall’s crew will provide challenges, not just for Western New England, but their remaining conference foes.

“Here in our second year with this coaching staff taking over this program, we continue to teach the guys what it takes to improve and win each day, and there has been steady improvement throughout,” said DeWall.

“If our team has continues to grow and develop, we anticipate it will be an exciting game between two good teams (on Saturday).”

Catching Up With Springfield College Fullback Jordan Wilcox

Springfield College fullback Jordan Wilcox rushed for a career-high 174 yards and four touchdowns last week against Rochester. (Photo Credit: Springfield College Athletics)

Springfield College fullback Jordan Wilcox rushed for a career-high 174 yards and four touchdowns last week against Rochester. (Photo Credit: Springfield College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Springfield College junior fullback Jordan Wilcox had a career day last Saturday, rumbling for a career-high 174 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries in his team’s 70-47 win over Rochester.

“Our offense can do a lot of great things when everyone does their job,” Wilcox said a few days after his team’s Homecoming victory.

Wilcox rushed for a trio of first half scores, including a pair in the second quarter, before ripping off his longest rush of the afternoon – a 54-yard touchdown in the third quarter, which helped the Pride push ahead for good.

Two days after his team earned their fourth win of the season; the Liberty League honored Wilcox by naming him the Offensive Player of the Week. The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) also honored Wilcox, naming him this week’s Division III North Offensive Player of the Week, too.

Noontime Sports caught up with Wilcox following his team’s exciting win to discuss his performance, as well as what Springfield must do to secure a win this week against Hobart.

How did your o-line (and teammates) help you enjoy an extremely successful day on the ground with 174 yards and four touchdowns?

Those guys upfront do a great job coming off the ball and really opening up huge running lanes. Our halfbacks took on (some strong) linebackers at the second level to get me into open field, so I give a lot of credit to them.

Have you ever scored four touchdowns in a game before – say in high school (or perhaps a pick-up game)? 

This was the first time I have scored four touchdowns in a single-game since peewee football. I scored three touchdowns in a game in high school. All in all, (my four touchdowns from last Saturday) would not have happened if it were not for the other 10 guys on the field doing their job.

Tell me how you have been able to improve every week – gaining either similar yardage from the previous week or more?

Every week I go into film sessions and practices trying to correct the little things so the big things can happen on Saturdays. (My goal is) to put our team in the best possible position to win every play, so we can win every game.

Tell me about the WPI game. How did your team overcome a three-score deficit to defeat the Engineers for an important Liberty League victory?

WPI was a big game for us. Things weren’t going as expected during our team’s first few drives, so our defense really kept us in the game with a few turnovers. (First-year) quarterback Chad Shade came into the game (following a few offensive series) and we – the offense – rallied behind him to secure an important conference win.

Would it be fair to say the WPI game provided your team with a boost of confidence heading into St. Lawrence and other Liberty League games thus far?

It did. We knew what we were capable of doing as an entire team against a good opponent like WPI, but the biggest takeaway was how our team executed (against the Engineers).

This week, your team faces Hobart on the road – what’s the biggest goal and objective your team must accomplish in order to secure a road win?

It starts with a good week of practice, while also watching film and focusing on what we need to do to be successful.

Do you idolize your game after a current or past fullback (or running back)? If so, who?

Growing up, I idolized running backs like Adrian Peterson.

Your three favorite movies are?

Friday Night Lights, We Are Marshall and Remember the Titans.

Who is your all-time favorite band or musician?


Favorite football memory of all-time -could be here at Springfield or while in high school?

Beating Hobart last season.

The last book you read for pleasure?

Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode 10 (Erik Frenz | Bill Belichick vs. the NFL: The Case for the NFL’s Greatest Coach)

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By NoontimeSports.com 

Ah, the 10th episode of Noontime Sports the Podcast – we have officially reached double-figures … high five!

For our initial double-digit edition, Matt Noonan caught up with Erik Frenz, the author of Bill Belichick vs. the NFL: The Case for the NFL’s Greatest Coach

Frenz highlights different moments of working on his first-ever book, which recently hit the bookshelves a few weeks ago, as well as why Bill Belichick is hands-down the best coach ever.

In addition to discussing his book, Frenz and Noonan also discussed the first few weeks of the NFL season and why the league’s ratings have plummeted.

Make sure to follow Frenz on Twitter (@ErikFrenz).

Catching Up With Coast Guard Academy Quarterback Derek Victory

Coast Guard Academy quarterback Derek Victory accounted for seven touchdowns last Saturday in the Bears' 56-54 win over Curry College. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

Coast Guard Academy quarterback Derek Victory accounted for seven touchdowns last Saturday in the Bears’ 56-54 win over Curry College. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Derek Victory of Coast Guard Academy enjoyed a career day last Saturday, scoring seven touchdowns, including six through the air, while setting a school record for 525 passing yards. Victory’s six touchdowns through the air matched a school record.

In addition to his passing yards, Victory also rushed for 22 yards and one score to finish the contest with a school record 547 yards of total offense.

“Saturday was definitely a wild game,” Victory said a few days after his team’s exciting 56-54 win over Curry College.

Victory was tabbed this week’s Co-New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Week with Curry quarterback Alex Corvese, who finished Saturday’s contest with seven touchdowns through the air.

Noontime Sports caught up with Victory to discuss his team’s dramatic, yet exciting win, as well as what we can expect from the Bears over the next few weeks.

Saturday’s contest against Curry College was quite a game. Tell me what it was like to be a part of it?

It reminded me a lot of my second start at the Academy against Western New England University (in 2013). We jumped out to an early lead and then they came roaring back and we had to just keep throwing the ball to stay in the lead.

Tell me about breaking a pair of school records with 525 passing yards and 547 yards of total offense – what does that mean to you?

It’s still kind of hard to believe. It means a lot, though. A record like that is a team effort. It involves all 11 guys performing in sync the entire game. The o-line played great, allowing zero sacks once again and the receivers made big plays over and over again.

In addition to breaking a pair of school records, you became the Academy’s all-time leader in touchdown passes (44) – care to share what that honor means to you?

It means that we’re putting points on the scoreboard as an offense. Growing up a Miami Dolphins fan and watching old Dan Marino highlights, I remember him saying that exact thing when he was asked about his touchdown records.

Five years from now, what will you remember most about your team’s game against Curry?

I’ll remember what happened after the game. My mom and dad gave me a huge hug and kept saying how proud they were. It was a special moment.

Tell me about winning back-to-back games – would it be fair to say your team is slowly catching its stride?

Offensively, we are firing on all cylinders. The Salve Regina loss was a huge disappointment to the guys so the fact that we’ve bounced back after that loss and two close losses before that speaks volumes about the guys we have on this team. We’re slowly getting healthier as a team, getting guys back from injury and learning the ins-and-outs of our offense. We definitely have caught our stride, but we all realize that we have a lot of areas that we can improve upon.

What is the goal for the team heading into this coming weekend’s game against Nichols? What does your team have to accomplish in order to secure a win?

Our goal is the same heading into every game: we want to go 1-0 every day. That means don’t look ahead or worry about the past. In order to secure a win Saturday (against Nichols), we just need to keep that intensity in practice going from last week.

What’s your all-time favorite Coast Guard Academy football memory?

My favorite memory was winning the Secretaries Cup at home back in 2014 (against Merchant Marine). No better feeling than hoisting that trophy at the end of a great game.

Do you have a favorite quarterback – either current or past – you look up to? If so, who is it and why do you idolize that particular signal-caller?

It’s hard to narrow it down to just one. Growing up in a Dolphins household obviously Marino is up there. Guys like Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers are two players I try to emulate because of Peyton’s football mind and the passion that Rivers plays with on a weekly basis.

Tell me about your major. What interested you in pursuing that particular major?

I am majoring in government, focusing on law and public policy.  I was always interested in politics (when I was younger) and how the government operated, so that is what drew me to the government major.

Three songs you are listening to currently?

‘A little more Summertime’ by Jason Aldean

‘Song for Another Time’ by Old Dominion

‘Southern Comfort Zone’ by Brad Paisley.

What is your all-time favorite movie?

My Cousin Vinny.

Favorite TV show?

Breaking Bad.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would love to visit Italy and Ireland, and see where my ancestors came from.

Finally, what’s the best advice you ever received from a coach or teammate?

The best advice I ever received from a coach was from my youth league coach, Bill Washington. His advice was simple, “stay calm.” That advice has helped me slow down the game and relax while dropping back to pass.

Catching Up With WPI Defensive Back Jason Lamb

WPI's Jason Lamb (No. 24) recorded a career-best 17 total tackles last Saturday. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

WPI’s Jason Lamb (No. 24) recorded a career-best 17 total tackles last Saturday. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

By NoontimeSports.com 

WPI defensive back Jason Lamb concluded last Saturday’s contest against U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a career-best 17 tackles, including 13 solo stops. Additionally, Lamb registered a tackle for a loss, an interception and a pass breakup.

Lamb’s impressive performance earned him the Robert Pritchard Award for most outstanding defensive player during WPI’s Homecoming Weekend. In addition to the accolade, Lamb secured a spot on this week’s D3Football.com Team of the Week, too.

Following his team’s Liberty League clash with the Mariners, Noontime Sports caught up with the Plymouth, Massachusetts’s native to talk some football, movies, music, and a unique pregame ritual.

This past week, you were all over the field on defense. You recorded a pair of season-highs of 13 solo stops and 17 total tackles – what was working for you against Merchant Marine?

Our defensive coordinator – Dan Mulrooney – had a really good game plan that allowed me to move freely in the box. Coach Chris Robertson also did an amazing job during the week preparing me to have the best pre-snap reads and eye control possible. The defensive line and linebackers did a great job taking up blocks and allowing me to make plays.

Earlier this season, you had a big performance against Worcester State where you recorded a pair of interceptions, including an interception returned for a touchdown. What do you remember from that particular game and how were you so successful at intercepting the quarterback that evening not once, but twice?

It was due to the great schemes of our defensive coordinator and defensive back coaches. I remember being able to read the quarterbacks’ eyes and that helped me get good jumps on the ball. It also helped that our middle linebacker, Brian Murtagh, was great in coverage and forced tons of air under the ball, too.

You’re currently on pace to match some of your totals from two seasons ago (2014-15), so what did you do prior to this season to prepare yourself for a successful season on defense?

When Coach Robertson told me I was moving to safety, I knew I had to change how I was going to train this past offseason. Instead of focusing on gaining more size and strength like I had previously done as a linebacker, I focused instead on speed and footwork. The offseason work helped me to cover the field faster and be more involved in plays.

Since arriving at WPI you have played both linebacker and defensive back. How has each position helped you progress as a football player?

Each position has offered me a different angle to see the football field. Combining my knowledge from these two positions has helped me to understand the defense better as a whole and ultimately helped me progress as a football player.

What’s the biggest goal facing the Engineers for the remainder of the season?

Winning our next game against our rival RPI. This game next week is (very important) and will set the tone for the remainder of the season.

Who is your favorite professional football player – either current or past? And why?

Lawrence Taylor is my all-time favorite NFL player. His playing style on the field is something I tried to mimic when I played outside linebacker.

Tell me about your major – why did you choose it and what do you hope to do with it after graduation?

My major is Management Engineering with a concentration in Operations. It is a blend of a business and engineering. I chose it because I’ve always loved business, but still wanted to learn some aspects of engineering. What’s great about my major is that I can pursue various professions, but I would like to do something involving system analytics or sales engineering.

Three favorite movies?

Star Wars Episode VI, Interstellar and Fight Club

What was the last book you read for pleasure?

The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil

Three songs you listen to on a game day?

‘Dreams and Nightmares’ by Meek Mill

‘Long Live ASAP’ by ASAP Rocky

‘WDYW’ by Carnage

Do you have any pre-game traditions? If so, what are they (or is it?) and when did this pre-game tradition begin?

One of my pre-game rituals is to drink a jar of pickle juice. It began my sophomore year. It started because my roommate, Brandon Eccher, has been doing it since high school and he said it prevents cramps. Since I’ve started it I haven’t cramped once.

What is your favorite non-football activity?

I’ve always loved to ski in my free time, so I plan to (hit the slopes) after football season concludes.

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode Nine (Matt Noonan on D3 Football, D3 Hoops & NFL)

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By NoontimeSports.com 

Flying solo on a Thursday, Matt Noonan highlighted a pair of big D3 Football games to watch this weekend – Tufts at Trinity and Plymouth State at Bridgewater State – along with some pre-D3 hoops thoughts on the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC). Finally, Noonan gives his ‘two-cents’ on the first five weeks of the National Football League (NFL) season – five weeks, seriously? – and who he thinks are contenders and pretenders.

Noontime Sports Week 7 Poll: WNE Remains Number One, Middlebury & Salve Regina Move Up

Western New England, Middlebury & Salve Regina highlight our week seven poll.

Western New England, Middlebury & Salve Regina highlight our week seven poll.

By Matt Noonan 

Ah, the seventh week of the New England Division III Football season has arrived. And earlier this evening, we released our poll for the week, which featured some movement, along with one newcomer, too.

Western New England earned the top spot again – the Golden Bears sat idle this past weekend, but return to the gridiron this Saturday, October 15th when they host MIT with kickoff slated for 1:00 p.m.

Quarterback Anthony Service has been one of many players to watch this season– through five games; he has tossed 16 touchdowns, while completing 79 of 116 pass attempts for 1,194 yards. The Golden Bears’ signal-caller currently leads the NEFC in yards per game (238.8) and touchdowns (16).

In addition to Service, wide-out Mark Dietrich – the team’s leading receiver with 24 receptions – has been a go-to target, hauling in six touchdown receptions, while registering 382 receiving yard.

On defense, the Golden Bears are led by defensive back Sam Olsson, who leads the Gold and Blue with 32 total tackles – he has also tallied 17 solo stops this season, along with one interception. Isaiah Berrios Smith leads the unit with a pair of interceptions and four pass-break-ups.

Below WNE is Middlebury College – moving up a few spots to the second position following an important win last weekend against Amherst College. The Panthers edged the Purple and White, 27-26. Amherst entered the contest riding a 21-game winning streak.

Carter Massengill this week’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Special Teams Player of the Week – helped Middlebury secure the win by booting his second field goal in the fourth quarter. Massengill connected on a trio of extra points, along with a pair of field goals.

Through three games, Massengill has tallied 14 points on eight extra points (8-for-8) and two field goals (2-for-2).

Next up for the Panthers: a trip to Williamstown, Massachusetts to face the Ephs of Williams College.

Below Middlebury is Salve Regina, appearing in the third position for the first time this season.

Similar to the Golden Bears, the Seahawks were idle this past weekend, but return to action Saturday when they entertain Nichols College at 12 p.m.

The Seahawks have been a great story this season, winning four-straight contests, along with an exhibition game against Dean College last month.

In their last outing against Curry College, halfback Sam Pascale led all rushers with 225 yards on 13 carries, along with a pair of scores. Tailback James Dawson also had a big day, registering 112 yards on 12 carries for three scores.

Through four games, Pascale has recorded 667 yards on 82 carries and nine touchdowns. He has also hauled in a trio of receptions for 38 yards and one score.

Pascale’s nine touchdowns are a career-best – his 667 yards and 166.8 yards per carry are both career-highs. Additionally, he is averaging 8.1 yards per carry – pretty impressive, eh?

Finally, let’s welcome Wesleyan University to the poll – the Cardinals check-in at number 10. This is the first time this season Wesleyan has cracked our poll.

Wesleyan is current 2-1 overall and has featured a high-powered offense this season, which has gained over 500 yards of total offense in back-to-back weeks.

This past weekend, the Cardinals soared past Colby College, defeating the Mules, 37-6. Devon Carrillo highlighted his team’s outing with three touchdowns, including a third quarter passing touchdown.

The Cardinals return to Maine this weekend to visit Bates on Saturday – kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

We’ll have more week seven coverage later this week, but make sure to follow-us on Twitter (@NoontimeSports and @MattNoonan11) and on Facebook, too.